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What is Advanced Surface Ablation?


During this process, the surgeon removes the epithelium (the extremely thin outer layer) of the cornea using an alcohol solution, a buffing device or a blunt surgical instrument (as compared to creating a thicker corneal flap as in LASIK.) Subsequently, the underlying corneal stroma is then reshaped with an excimer laser (same as it is during LASIK). After the laser treatment is finished, a bandage contact lens inserted to protect and secure the epithelium in place as it heals. A new epithelial layer usually grows back within five days.

Is Advanced Surface Ablation (Epi-LASIK/LASEK/PRK) or LASIK a better treatment option?

The optimal treatment will depend on the characteristics of each patient’s eyes & this will be determined during the pre-LASIK assessment.

At Lee Hung Ming Eye Centre, we offer both IntraLase Bladeless LASIK and Advanced Surface Ablation.